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My New book is out!
My new book The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook: Practical Tips, Ideas, Action Plans and Worksheets for Making Meaningful Changewas officially released this week. Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered. I’m anxiously awaiting the first amazon reviews as I get super worried when my books first hit the shelves. (so if you’ve read it and like please consider reviewing it!)
I’m very often asked to teach about self-harm and many of you have told me how helpful you find the practical suggestions I share – so I’ve done a roundup of my favourite videos and other resources on the topic:
Simple ideas to get through the minutes that are hardest to manage. Can be recommended to or shared directly with young people
This video is aimed directly at people trying to stop self-harming. It looks at sustainable ways of stopping and staying safer
I explain what a self-soothe box is, how to make one and how to use them to support young people who are struggling with overwhelming thoughts or feelings
Video: Creating a healthier coping plan to help stop self-harming(feat. Buddy the Dog)
I explain a four-step process to approaching reducing or stopping self-harming by developing a healthier coping plan
This is a simple guide that explains self-harm in child friendly language that aims to improve understanding of young people, family, friends and professionals
This book was based on years of PhD research and is a very practical guide to how schools can best understand, prevent and respond to eating disorders and self-harm
Hand-out: Pupil safety plan
Safety plans are primarily used with people at risk of suicide but are also helpful for pupils who self-harm with no suicidal intent. This example safety plan can be adapted for individual pupils’ use. I also made a video about safety planning.
Hand-out: Self-harm response flow chart
This simple flow chart helps you to decide next steps at school when a student self-harms
Some of these ideas will feel like a perfect fit, whilst others will seem ridiculous to you; it’s just about seeing what works for you as we’re all different. These ideas have all been suggested by people who’ve self-harmed in the past, so they worked for someone!
Training: Understanding and responding to self-harm
Self-harm is increasingly prevalent, yet many colleagues report not really understanding it and worrying they’ll make things worse if they try to support a pupil. During this workshop, I answer the many questions you have about the what, why and what next of self-harm, both aiding your understanding and enabling you to help the pupils in your care – without fear of doing harm. Suitable for – all staff, all phases (can be adapted for parents)
Training: 10 (more) Practical strategies for supporting pupils who are struggling
This workshop is aimed at staff who are supporting students who are struggling with issues like depression, anxiety, self-harm or other distressing or challenging behaviours. The workshop is entirely practical and runs through 10 practical strategies that colleagues can use right away to support the students in their care. (This builds on the success of my original ‘8 practical strategies for students who are struggling’ session and introduces 10 new ideas). Suitable for – all staff, all phases (can be adapted for parents)
These sessions can be run as INSET, twilight session or conference keynotes or workshops. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org download my suggestion/ information sheets: School INSET Training| Conference keynotes and workshops| Student Talks
The best of the rest…
And here are some other videos I created recently that aren’t specifically about self-harm but which I hope you’ll like:
A reminder that if you like my videos, (I hope) you’ll like me even more in person; I’m happy to travel. If you’re interested in exploring having me come and train your staff or speak at your event, I’d be more than happy to set up a video call to meet with you and discuss your needs – email me Pooky@inourhands.comto explore.
With best wishes for a super September,
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Dr Pooky Knightsmith
Mental Health Advisor, Author Speaker & Educator
Chair - Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition